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Viet Nam's number of breastfed children still too low: UNICEF

Update: April, 08/2015 - 08:45
The percentage in Viet Nam is much lower than Laos and Cambodia, with 40 per cent and 65 per cent, respectively. Thailand comes in at 12 per cent. — Photo baomoi

HA NOI (VNS) — UNICEF aims to assure 50 per cent of children around the world are breastfed exclusively in their first six months, but Viet Nam has only reached 17 per cent, an Asia-Pacific UNICEF representative said at a conference on nutrition held in Ha Noi last Thursday.

The percentage in Viet Nam is much lower than Laos and Cambodia, with 40 per cent and 65 per cent, respectively. Thailand comes in at 12 per cent.

The first 1,000 days are the "golden" period for providing critical nutrition to foster height and intelligence in infants, the UNICEF representative said.

Effective methods include nutrition supplements during pregnancy, breastfeeding exclusively in the six months, continuing breastfeeding and making sure infants get enough nutrition in the following months. — VNS

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